Tips for authors: Giving good readings

You’ve written your book, gotten it published, and now you’re ready to show up at the bookstore, library, museum, cafe, or whichever venue will be your first one along the  book tour. Reading to an audience is something you learn how to do well over time, through experience and mistakes, as the poet Kelli Russell Agodon …

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Tips for authors: The author photo

I can still remember the days (long ago) when an author’s photo on a book cover was optional. Sometimes there would be one, often in black-and-white; sometimes not. Now, however, in these days of “mediagenic” authors and digital imagery, the author photo is no longer an option. Which is a little stressful for those of …

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Meet our Smith & Corona

We so enjoyed creating our Remington Rand notecards that we’ve created a new card featuring our 1929 Smith & Corona. (Now our worry is that the other typewriters will be jealous, though frankly, not all of them are ready for their close-ups just yet…) Here’s an image of the new cards, now available: And, if …

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Ask the Editor: DOs and DON’Ts for query letters

Q: What do you look for in a query letter? A: A good query letter (in our case, that’s the cover letter that accompanies submissions) should be professional and to the point (“to the point” meaning it should be no more than one page long); it should tell us about your book and a little bit about …

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Tips for authors: A new year of writing

With another new year having arrived, my new list of writing goals now reads: Writing Goals of 2011 2012. Sometimes we don’t accomplish everything we hope to — but that doesn’t mean we can’t re-evaluate and move on. So I thought I’d offer a few writing tips as we welcome 2012 (though I admit I …

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